Practical applications

AquaCrop can be used as a planning tool and to assist management decisions in both irrigated and rainfed agriculture. AquaCrop is particularly useful for:

  • understanding crop responses to environmental change (i.e. as an educational tool)
  • comparing attainable and actual yields in fields, farms and regions
  • identifying constraints to crop production and water productivity (e.g. as a benchmarking tool)
  • developing irrigation schedules for maximum production (e.g. seasonal strategies and operational decision-making, and for climate scenarios)
  • developing strategies under water-deficit conditions to maximize water productivity through:
    1. irrigation strategies (e.g. deficit irrigation)
    2. crop and management practices (e.g. adjusting planting dates, cultivar selection, fertilization management, the use of mulches, and rainwater harvesting)
  • studying the effect of climate change on food production (for example by running AquaCrop with both historical and future weather conditions)
  • analysing scenarios useful for water administrators and managers, economists, policy analysts and scientists (i.e. planning purposes)
  • supporting decision-making on water allocations and other water policies.